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Frequently asked questions on implants

We understand you may have some questions, see if we can answer any here.

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How do dental implants work?

Dental implants come in three parts. We place the first part, a titanium screw, in your jawbone to replace the missing root of a lost tooth.

Once your bone has strengthened enough to make the dental implant stable, we place the second part – the abutment – to connect the titanium screw to the third part of the implant, your replacement tooth.

This prosthetic tooth is colour-matched and shaped to blend perfectly with the other teeth in your mouth, so it will look completely natural. By the end of your treatment, no one will be able to spot which tooth is the dental implant.

Our implantologists can give you temporary teeth that look similar to your own as they place your dental implants. This treatment is ideal if you need to have a number of teeth replaced.

The implants are placed at carefully chosen angles to anchor them within your jaw bone without you having to wait several months for the bone to osseointegrate, i.e. develop a structural and functional connection between the bone and implant.

Once the bone is fully stable, we will replace the temporary prosthetic teeth with your permanent set.

What are implant-retained dentures?

One of the most common problems for wearers of denture implants, or for people with large dental bridges, is that over time the fit of dentures or a bridge can change and become uncomfortable.

This is caused by bone loss within the upper or lower jaw as a result of tooth loss.

If you’re a denture wearer and your current dentures feel loose or cause you to suffer from mouth irritation, problems with speaking and eating, dry mouth or excessive saliva, implant-retained dentures could be liberating and potentially life-changing. They work by providing a fixed anchor for your dentures at strategic points in your jawbone.

Simply put your dentures in and clip them to your dental implants to stop your dentures from moving.

Denture wearers find implant-retained dentures give them greater comfort than traditional cosmetic dentures, as well as the confidence to eat a wider range of foods, and smile and laugh without fear that their dentures will move.

Having dental implants in your jaw bone can also help to stimulate bone growth and protect your underlying facial structure.

My dentist says that I have significant bone loss

Does that mean I am not a suitable candidate for dental implants?

One of the benefits of having dental implants at Marlborough Dental Studio is that our implantologists are trained in advanced techniques.

Using cutting-edge implant technology, we may recommend short or wider implants as an alternative to bone grafts if you don’t have enough bone to secure the older-style implant device.

Even sinus lifts may be unnecessary with advanced and angled implants.
If a bone graft or sinus lift is the best option for your individual case, our team have the skills, training and experience to be able to carry out these procedures within the clinic.

Book an appointment with our experienced clinicians to explore your options and discover what implant treatment would be most suitable and affordable.